Berichten in March 2010

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Shuanghuan Noble Police Car

Published on March 26, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Shuanghuan became world famous when it copied the Smart. “But our engine is in the front!”, so Shuanghuan said. Indeed, it is not the same. Chinese police likes the little not copied car to check on civilians in crowded areas and neighbourhouds with small streets and many alleys.

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Chery-Rely X5 is OUT

Published on March 26, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Rely is one of Chery’s brands and their long awaited X5 suv is finally on the market. The good looking thing comes with only one engine, a 2.0 Ateco with 125kw@5500rpm and 235nm@1900nm. That torque might make it a little useful off road. Price is 159.800 rmb. Nice price for a nice machine, but there is one thing about it I really like:

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Dongfeng-Nissan Livina Facelift

Published on March 26, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfeng-Nissan couldn’t wait for the Beijing Auto Show because with all that news nobody would care about the Livina. So they had their little ceremony yesterday to reveil the facelifted machine. The Livina is a kind of cross vehicle, crossed between an mpv a wagon and a hatchback, but strangely Nissan decided for a crossover-version that even more strangely became a great succes. First picture above: the new Livina crossover.

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Foday Brings on the Big Front Grille

Published on March 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Foday Automobile, Fudi in Chinese, from Guangdong is a small and not too known maker of honest suv’s and pick up trucks. One of their children is called ‘Little Superman’. But for a small company, things are relative of course in China, their English website is perfectly in order. That is sadly, to put it mildly, not always the case in this country. Website is fine, now Foday wants some fame and to do that they will facelift their biggest machine, the Explorer III, quit a bit.

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Spy Shots: Facelifted FAW-Toyota Vios

Published on March 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The current FAW-Toyota Vios is not a hot seller, most likely because the sedan trunk seems glued to the machine which was designed as a hatchback. Engines are getting a bit old too. But FAW-Toyota wants one car to compete with the many cheap sedans from Brilliance, Chery and BYD so it will bring this facelifted Vios to the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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i7 Too Ugly? Greatwall will offer an Alternative

Published on March 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Greatwall showed a lot of guts when it brought the mad i7 into the open. Many warned that the Chinese market wasn’t ready yet for such a wild machine. But which market would, ever? So Greatwall went ahead and found out those boring naysayers were actually right.

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Big Sedans from Lifan on their Way to Beijing

Published on March 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Lifan will bring two big sedans to the Beijing Auto Show. The one above will come as a concept and shows Lifan’s idea of a luxury 4-dour coupe.

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Spy Shots: Guangzhou Auto’s own Sedan

Published on March 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Automotive has joint ventures with Honda, Toyota and will soon start with Fiat. But like all other Chinese automakers they want their own brand as well. This still nameless sedan is Guangzhou’s first ‘Guangzhou’-branded car, it is based on the outgoing Alfa 166 platform that Guangzhou bought earlier and so will be a front-wheel drive. The concept car this car is derived from was cooly called ‘VIP-Lounge’, guess that name will change…

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New Car: Chery Fulwin 2 Hatchback is Out

Published on March 23, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

First came the sedan and now it is the hatchback’s turn, the Chery Fulwin 2 is on sale from today. Prizes start at 52.000 rmb and go up to 60.800 depending on luxury level, not on engine. Engine is the same for every one, a 1.5 Ateco, 80hp@6000rpm and 140nm@3000rpm.

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History: the Yichang Auto Show 2006

Published on March 23, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

When I did some research for an article on the upcoming Chery A2 I found this little beauty promoting archrival Geely on the 2006 Yichang Auto Show. Yichang is a city, albeit not the capital, in the mountainous Hubei Province.

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